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Instant Risk: Litigation threat could imperil schools' ability to instantly message parents, others

Stephanie N. Grimoldby Apr. 6, 2017, 4:04pm

A class action lawsuit now pending in Chicago’s federal courts could imperil the ability of schools to instantly send out voice and text messages and emails to parents, students and the community to inform them of emergency situations and other school-related matters, according to one company that specializes in providing schools with such messaging services.  And should such services disappear, schools in Illinois and elsewhere could be left scrambling to adapt to an enforced new legal reality, school officials said. 

Court filings: Lawsuit vs SchoolMessenger imperils schools' ability to text, call parents, students

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 28, 2017, 12:28am

The call center company behind the SchoolMessenger service, which specializes in helping schools across the country instantly communicate with parents, students and their communities, is in federal court in Chicago, attempting to fend off a massive class action lawsuit they warn could disrupt the ability of the schools who rely on the vendor to send text and voice messages requested by parents to spread the word about school events, including school closings and other emergencies.

Class action vs Home Depot: Consumers overpay for lumber that doesn't measure up

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 9, 2017, 1:28am

An Illinois man has sought to nail one of the largest home improvement retailers in the country with a class action lawsuit, asserting they should be made to pay for selling two-by-fours and other pieces of lumber that don't measure up to their listed dimensions.

Class action accuses West Interactive Services Corp. of violating telephone law

Louie Torres Feb. 17, 2017, 11:20am

Four people have filed a class action lawsuit against West Interactive Services Corporation, citing alleged violation of telephone harassment statutes.

Mobile marketer Kiip Inc. hit with class action over data collected from users of Runkeeper, other apps

Scott Holland Oct. 24, 2016, 12:45pm

A mobile marketing company with several high-profile clients faces a class action complaint over collection of user data. Jessica Vasil and Christine Farag, both of Illinois, filed their complaint Oct. 21 in federal court in Chicago, accusing San Francisco-based Kiip Inc. of extracting information from smartphone users without their consent.

Class action says Webassign wrongly charging sales tax to IL college students for textbook rentals

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 14, 2016, 4:17pm

An Illinois college student has delivered a potential class action lawsuit to a Raleigh, N.C.-based supplier of online instructional tools, alleging the company wrongly charges sales tax on leased textbooks when Illinois law doesn’t require it to do so.